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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Halibut fishing seminar

Gord Martin, Foghorn Fishing ChartersThe "Kicking Butt" Halibut Fishing Seminar was held today in Langford.

The day kicked off with the Trotac team explaining how an anchor retrieval system works, crucial equipment and knowledge for fishing for halibut in Vancouver Island waters. member Gord Martin of Foghorn Fishing Charters presented an overview of halibut fishing from A to Z. Topics included tides and currents, planning for weather, finding spots, gear to use, and how to "subdue" an angry halibut. Gord did a great job of presenting some really useful tips -- but while still keeping some of those trade secrets under wraps, you've got to get on a charter if you want to see those in action! However, as a follow up to this session, Gord will be taking interested people out on his boat for short "how to anchor safely" sessions. This is the most dangerous aspect of halibut fishing, and if you're an anchoring rookie, this would be money EXTREMELY well spent. Email Gord for more details.

The day ended with a talk by Camosun College instructor/chef Gilbert Noussitou explaining how to care for halibut and to best prepare it for eating. A very informative talk, especially about how to freeze halibut to ensure it is optimal table fare later.

With over 300 tickets sold, this charity event raised nearly $13,000 for the Charters Creek Salmon Interpretive Centre. Rollie Rose is to be commended for his hard work and dedication in organizing this informative event. Good job!

On a related note ... DFO officially announced today that the halibut fishing season will open March 1st, and that recreational sector will receive 15% of the total allowable catch, up from the historic 12% level. So it is game on in less than 2 weeks....get those hooks sharpened!


At March 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

oput the big ones back.


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